Mining is a power-intensive sector that relies on heavy machinery during operations. Its remote nature makes power management crucial to productivity and safety at the work site. Over the years, solar power has made such locations more sustainable, allowing operators to power lighting systems, communication devices and more using PV panels and portable solar towers. This article takes a closer look at how businesses in the mining industry are benefiting from solar power lighting systems and assemblies.
Remote mines are highly prone to power outages, which is an issue due to around the clock operation. Traditionally, fuel-powered generators and power supplies were favored but were also very expensive to transport over long distances (in some cases, businesses faced fuel-related tax as well). Off-grid mines are known to use portable solar towers with lights at perimeters and checkpoints.
These locations require battery powered solutions because they are inaccessible. Moreover, rugged solar units (such as powder-coated assemblies and systems mounted on raised platforms) help address the harsh and rugged characteristics of mining environments.
Real World Applications
With adoption of solar energy increasing, examples of mining sites utilizing solar energy to support equipment at the site are numerous. In Australia, a Rio Tinto bauxite mining plant utilizes solar-powered systems to ease consumption of electricity used for lights and other types of equipment. The company’s solution is capable of generating up to 2,800 megawatt hours of power annually.
In another mining site in the country, Oz Minerals has deployed solar assemblies to boost access to power at one of its mining locations (Carrapateena). The area’s primary focus includes copper and gold. The project will make use of large-scale outdoor lamps to support sub-level caving methods. Sub-level mining heavily relies on clear and unobstructed pathways to move colossal amounts or minerals through the area.
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